Okay, Here are the errors I'm getting when I finally get to the point that the boot discs allow the cd Rom to start spinning the xp pro disk:
"setup can not access fixed disk 0 at Id 0 on bus 0 at ATAPI"
*** Stop 0x0000008E (0xC0000005, 0xF99C7C0B, 0xF9E69800, 0x00000000)
*** setupdd.sys - Address F99C7C0B base at F999E000, Datestamp 3b7d8507
*** dac960nt.sys - Address F9E69800 base at F9E69800, Datestamp 00000000
Now, it also tells me to disable any BIOS memory options, such as caching and shadowing. When I fire up this crap-top and it goes through the basic system config screen that allows me to enter the BIOS, it says that the BIOS is both caching and shadowed. When I enter the BIOS, I can't find anything that allows me to adjust these settings. If anyone has ANY ideas about how I can access this disk and install this OS, I would appreciate any and ALL of them. This is beginning to drive me insane. The HDD was working fine. There was an old version of XP on this that got a corrupted mbr, due to a combination of an attempt to fix (with recovery console) and a stuck key that forced a boot to cd at startup. Thanks for your time.